XIX Century Art in front of the Camera

Art in front of a lens
This collection brings together figures, mainly of women and children, in 19th-century dress, posing as though in front of a lens.

Fashion is one of the phenomena most subject to changes in taste with the passing of time.

Fashion in XIX Century portraiture
A person's individual taste also evolves throughout their lifetime. Changes to the clothing being worn cause a shift in the image of the self that is communicated to the outside world.

Outfits and accessories assumed a crucial role in XIX century portraiture, as they were a sign of
belonging to bourgeois society. This was bolstered by the contemporaneous developments in
photographic technology, which helped artists to define the model for the first time, in the process
replacing the graphic arts.

This is clearly shown in the triptych by Giuseppe de Nittis, which was also completed with the aid of a photograph.

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